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Born in Panama, 1982. Artist, cultural producer and consultant focused on the human-nature-culture relationship. Her art and facilitation work navigate exchanges between people, ecosystems and disciplines to reconnect people with themselves, each other and nature while provoking an active reflection on how we inhabit the world today. She is the founder and creative director of Estudio Nuboso – a platform for art and ecology in Panama, founding member for Archipel e.V. a Berlin-based cross-cultural collective and community radio, as well as Associate Curator in the Center for Contemporary Art and the Natural World. She shares her time between Panama and Berlin.
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Panamá, 1982. Artista, productora cultural y consultora enfocada en la relación humana-naturaleza-cultura. Su obra y trabajo de facilitación navegan los intercambios entre personas, ecosistemas y disciplinas para conectar a las personas consigo mismas, con otros y la naturaleza, provocando una reflexión activa sobre cómo habitamos el mundo hoy. Es fundadora y directora creativa de Estudio Nuboso – una plataforma de arte y ecología en Panamá, miembro fundadora de Archipel e.V. un colectivo intercultural y estación de radio comunitaria con base en Berlín, y también es curadora asociada del Centro de Arte Contemporáneo y el Mundo Natural (CCANW por sus siglas en inglés). Comparte su tiempo entre Panamá y Berlín.
e-mail: elaspalding@gmail.com
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EDUCATION_

Self-directed research in ecology, human ecology, dance, somatic studies and performance with various mentors in Panama, Germany, the US and the UK (2005-present)

Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography (magna cum laude)  with a Minor in Dance & Theatre, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York (2004)

WORK EXPERIENCE_freelance cultural production, consultancy_
_Current_

Consultant/Vision Strategist to support individuals and organizations to connect with an honest vision and bring it to fruition. Bottom line: to bring people closer to themselves, others and nature. Berlin and beyond.

Freelance work with voice and sound for performance, film and radio. Berlin and beyond.

Associate Curator for Center for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (a UK-based institution)

Creative Director and Founder of Estudio Nuboso – a platform for art and ecology that facilitates space and time for knowledge and experience exchange, reflection and action, around topics concerning life on the planet today. Panama/Berlin and beyond.

_Past_

Advisor to the Arts, National Heritage and Planning Departments of the Panamanian Institute of Culture (INAC), Panamá (2014-2015)

Exhibition Guide – Biomuseo (Bridge of Life) – Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry  –  Panama (2014)

Administrative and Production Assistant – Ponderosa Tanzland Festival, Stolzenhagen, Germany (2008-2010)

Administrative and Production Assistant – Bodysurf Scotland and Shoreline Festival, Findhorn, Scotland (2007)

Art Teacher for Elementary School, International School of Panama. (2004-2006)

ART WORK_exhibitions and performances_

Ocaso (Sundown), XIII Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (2019)

Songs for Limón, Songs for Colón, X Bienal CentroamericanaLimón, Costa Rica (2016)

Panamá Caribe, a synchronised celebration of Colón, its coast, history and culture. A commissioned work for Performance Studies International (PSi) worldwide performance festival Fluid States. Colón, Panamá (2015)

Entre Suelo y Concreto, Touching the Reality (collective exhibition), Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria (2016). Commissioned work for Bavic9 – Central American Visual Art Biennial, Guatemala (2014)

Inter Macro a performative intervention, commissioned by Macro Fest, Panama City, Panama (2014)

Entre Cielo y Concreto Festival Ulls, Barcelona, Spain and Plataforma Festival, Berlin, Germany (2011)

Winding Across, Fieber Festival, Berlin, Germany (2011)

Colores Primarios (a duet), Encuentro de Danza Contemporánea, Teatro Anita Villalaz, Panamá (2009)

Roses & Beans, photo series. Galería Diablo Rosso, Panamá (2010) y Fotoseptiembre en Arteconsult, Ciudad de Panamá (2009)

Se Vende, Patrimonio Humano photography exhibition in public space, Casco Antiguo, Panamá (2006)

transplant(e), Fotoseptiembre, Panama City, Panama (2004)

_Artwork with others_

Serious Immobilities, singing the composition of Ari Benjamin Meyers in his solo exhibition Black Thoughts, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2013)

This Variation, performer in the piece by Tino Sehgal, dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany (2012)

Submarine Ballet, public art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2009)

Stolzenhagen Moves, community performance project, Stolzenhagen, Germany (2009)

BOOK DESIGN_

LAB de Arte y Ciencia, concept and co-design, Estudio Nuboso’s Art and Science LAB publication, Panamá (2015 & 2017)

El Mito de la Gravedad, text layout and binding, limited edition of 100, Panamá (2016)

Suelo Vol. 1, publication of Estudio Nuboso’s multidisciplinary residency SUELO, collaborative design and binding, shown at Panamá Gráfico 14, a collective graphic design exhibitions, MAC – Panama Contemporary Art Museum, Panama (2014)

Escrito en Piedra a poetry collection by Consuelo Tómas Fitzgerald – images and interior pages design, Panama (2014)

El Mar poems by Sofía Santim – limited edition artist book design, layout and binding. Shown at Galería Arteconsult and Contemporary Art Museum, Panamá (2012 & 2014)

LANGUAGES_ Bilingual Spanish and English. Advanced German, intermediate Italian, basic French. 

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